Welcome to Manitou Springs

About

Manitou Springs was founded in 1872 by Englishman Dr. William Bell and his business partner General William Palmer as a scenic health resort. The town was incorporated in 1876 (the same year Colorado became a state) and is now a home rule city of approximately 5,000 residents located on the western edge of an urban area of over 500,000 people (Colorado Springs). Manitou Springs is a Certified Local Government and has had an active Historic Preservation Commission and local Historic District since 1980.

Mountain Peak View

Tourist Destination

Tourism is the mainstay of the local economy. Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination and is best known for its:

  • Cool mountain air
  • Healing mineral springs
  • Hiking trails
  • Scenic landscapes
  • Welcoming spirit
  • Year-round activities

Area Attractions

Area attractions include:

  • The breath-taking Seven Falls
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Cog Railway
  • Garden of the Gods Park
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings
  • Miramont Castle

Shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants line the downtown main street, and lodging ranges from historic bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) to elegant hotels.